Originally created 10/10/05

Perrot rallies for first LPGA Tour victory



AUBURN, Calif. - Chile's Nicole Perrot earned her first LPGA Tour victory Sunday, rallying from a two-shot deficit to win the Longs Drugs Challenge.

The 21-year-old Perrot, the 2001 U.S. Girls champion, offset three bogeys on the front nine at The Ridge Golf Course with three birdies on the back in an even-par 71. She finished at 14-under 270, one shot ahead of South Korea's Hee-Won Han (69).

Liselotte Neumann (72) and Catriona Matthew (68) tied for third at 10 under, while Lindsey Wright (70) and Shi Hyun Ahn (67) were another shot back.

Karrie Webb had a 67 and tied for seventh with Heather Bowie (68), Young Kim (68) and Jean Bartholomew (68).

Annika Sorenstam didn't have much to celebrate on her 35th birthday. Starting the day nine stokes off the lead, the Swedish star closed with a 72 and tied for 22nd. Sorenstam, the 1997 champion at Twelve Bridges Golf Club, was making her first appearance in the tournament since 2001.

Natalie Gulbis fell out of contention after a third-round 76, but rebounded with the lowest round of the day Sunday, closing with a 7-under 64 and tying for 11th.